Andrew Simon, the founder of Barn Arts and creator of the Petra & Mo show, performing at Mo. Nikolai Fox photo

SOMERVILLE — Pumpkin Vine Family Farm at 217 Hewett Road will crown its Dairy Queen between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13.  In some places, she’s a human, but at this farm, the goats steal the show. The owners are eager to select its top 10 herd leaders from among the farm’s hard-working, high-spirited dairy goats. Voting also will take place for one’s favorite Dairy Princess from this year’s crop of baby goats, according to a news release from Kelly Roopchand, owner.

Barn Arts productions will perform its puppet musical, “The Petra & Mo Show.”

Inspired by both Alpine and Indian traditions, a full day is planned to celebrate these animals. The goats have been grazing in the hill pastures since the spring, producing milk for the farm’s goat cheese, yogurt, and smoothies.

Katydid, an Alpine goat at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm in Somerville, is one of the participants in a Dairy Queen pageant set for Aug. 13. Kelly Payson-Roopchand photo

The farm’s special “Goature” fashion team of artists and seamstresses have been making outfits for their big day; don’t miss these one-of-a-kind works of art. Winning goats will receive hand-crafted flower crowns; attendees can join in the spirit of the day with their own flower, crowns, and streamers available at the farmers market.

“The Petra & Mo Show” is an interactive puppet musical about a giraffe named Petra and a Mouse named Mo, who live in a treehouse and are making a show. It tells a story about being together and saying goodbye through puppetry, live music, and a little help from the audience. Whimsical and powerful at the same time, it engages kids with its antics while reaching adults with a deeper message.

The day’s schedule


• 11 a.m.-noon: Vote for a Favorite Dairy Princess from among this year’s doe kids and fill a basket at the farmers market. Get a snack , and of course, a flower crown and streamers before the main event.

• Noon-1:30 p.m.: “The Petra & Mo Puppet Show:” Join a pre-show art party at the market, then head to a special location for an interactive puppet musical with live cello. See the full description on the farm’s website

• 1:30-3 p.m.: Goat Parade & Crowning of the Dairy Queens: Welcome the goats as they descend from the hill pastures in their finery, and cheer this year’s winners in 10 different categories (Hint: personality matters too!) The Lonely Goatherd (a la the “Sound of Music”) will be the special MC for the event, and rumor has it there might be goat puppets and music as well.

There will be photo opportunities with all the winners afterwards.

The puppet show is free and open to all because of community sponsors: Union Farm Equipment at the costume designer level, and at the stagehand level: FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Liberty Graphics, and the Pour Farm, as well an anonymous individuals of varying levels. Donations on the day of the show are gratefully accepted and help the farm keep its programs accessible to all.

This is a weather dependent event. The rain date is Aug. 20; check the farm’s website and social media on the day of if there is a chance of rain.

For more information, visit, email or call Roopchand at 207-549-3096.


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